Album Review: Pierce the Veil- Misadventures

Pierce the Veil are a California post-hardcore/rock/soundtrack to your, you don’t understand mom years band, and they’ve just released their new album: Misadventures. This band are a funny one for me, because as much as I want to dislike their melodramatic sunshine emo punk I just can’t. I really enjoyed their last album “Collide With the Sky”, despite it being full of annoying lyrical tropes that seem built to pander to their mainly very young audience the album was still had very catchy choruses, had some great sa3818e70-ceca-4293-b5c1-b842b4bb47e2.jpgounding instrumentals and the latin influence on the album gave it a real flair a lot of their contemporaries did not have. And before listening to this album the first two singles “Texas is Forever” and “Circles” were great really good radio songs, so I’ve decided to check it out.

Not gonna sugar coat it the opening song “Dive In” is weak as the opening for the album, the dynamic shift from the sad ballad to punk thing is a good idea but it takes to long to get to the payoff overall which makes for a really underwhelming start to the album. After this, they kick into “Texas is Forever, and they pull it back with a bombastic punk song which would have probably been the better choice as the opening for the album. That aside this album is pretty decent it feels like they were trying to go for a harder version  of the direction “Collide With The Sky” went while trying to evolve to be a little more mature sounding. Instrumentally this album is solid there are some good riffs and PTV aren’t afraid to bring out the shred when it’s required the inclusion of keys on some of the songs is really welcome too.  The only thing I have to say is lyrically the album can feel very samey at times, most of the songs on this album are about love or heartbreak, it wouldn’t be fair to expect “Operation Mindcrime” from these guys but for god’s sake talk about something other than love.

The production on this album is pretty good, its really modern sounding probably closer to the kind of production you’d expect from a pop band than a rock band very clean not sterile there’s a lot of warmth, and its really big sounding too. The guitar tones are good, very open and don’t have a compressed distortion to them, more a very bitey crunch. The bass guitar is very present and a very mid heavy classic punk sound to it. the drums are nice sounding there’s a lot of space to them and maybe they could be louder on some tracks on the louder busier tracks they have a tendency to get lost in the mix. The vocals are well performed too frontman Vic Fuentes brings a lot of personality to his very high melodic singing which is peppered with emotion fueled screams.

I like this album,as far as this genre of music goes it’s a pretty good record and has a lot of good ideas and a lot of memorable hooks and choruses. But I feel like they had the potential to put out something better, but were maybe held back by trying to not alienate their fanbase. Overall good album, it’ll probably be the soundtrack to someone’s summer but for me somewhat lukewarm

6/10

Review: New Girls, Beanstalk

New girls are a glasgow based alternative rock/punk band, and they’ve just released their new single: Beanstalk.

The track is raw, angry and going so fast it sounds like the band repnew girls.pnglaced their blood with lucozade to get the track so damn energetic. In a Nutshell its fucking AWESOME. The track has shades of Sex Pistols,Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Kvelertak and just dirty rock’n roll

The production is great too. The guitars sound really beefy, The bass is fat, drums are tight. The vocals have this nice FM radio reverb Clash style rawness which just ties everything together so nice . And maybe I’m just tripping out a little, but i’m sure I hear a piano underlaying the guitars on the chorus which is just awesome and adds to that awesome dirty rock feel if its there.

Check it out in the link bellow

And hit them up with some love on Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/NewGirlsMusic/?fref=ts

8.5/10

Album Review: Killswitch Engage, Incarnate

This is the hardest review I’ve ever had to do. The reason being I have to look at my favourite band from and objective standpoint.

That shit is hard…..incarnate.jpg

But I’m going to try….

So Last week Killswitch Engage released their latest album: “Incarnate” and so far its my ALBUM OF THE MOTHERFUCKING YEAR
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But I can provide well reasoned and justified reasons that are in no way fanboying.

This album without being overt about it had alot of experimentation on it. Which is great because Killswitch are guilty of sounding to much like Killswitch at times and not really diverifying their sound. Songs Like “It Falls On Me” which had a realy slow sludgey feel but still felt like a Killswitch song, and “Just Let Go” which had a great dynamic shift between frantic verses to slower very open almost clean guitars on the chorus and the opening track “Alone I Stand” played with switchiung up the grooves and time signatures during the song aswell.

The production is amazing, it feels really heavy and has a ver live feel and a real warmth to it . The mix on the album is very even, everything fills and sits in the in the correct place in the sonic landscape. The production also has a very warm feel to it, which in an era of sterile and over produced albums is refreshing.

Moving onto instrumentation: The drums dont have that nasty sounding clicky quality alot of metal records have . The bass is very present and clear, when songs open up and become less dense it really shines through and holds down a solid groove. Guitars are really tight, as a guitar player this album is ear candy, with an onslaught of really awesome riffs and really good guitar tones. The vocals on the album are awesome aswell, Jesse Leech on every song puts down consistantly strong and emotive performances, and theres not a chorus on this album that isn’t worth a singing along to.

Recomended tracks: Hate by Design, Quiet Distress, It Falls On Me, Triumph Through Tradgedy(Deluxe Editon only), Cut Me Loose

Overall this is a fantastic album which i will recomend to each and everyone in the universe ever.

8.5/10

 

 

Band Camp Tuesday: Sunny Sense

It’s That time of the week again its….

BANDCAMP TUESDAY!!!

Its that time of the week where we select a Scottish band to feature whsunny senseo have an ep or album available to download or listen to on Bandcamp. This week The chosen band is Glasgow based  Sunny Sense.

Sunny Sense are an alternative Pop band, who play an atmospheric reverb soaked very dark and deep sounding music.

The sound can be chaaricterised by glistening keys, post rock inspired guitars and beautiful haunting vocals from front woman Anne Francisco Suarez.

I’d recomend Sunny sense for fans of Lorde, Explosions in the Sky and Massive  Attack.

Check them out here:http://sunnysense.bandcamp.com/album/silent-words

Like them here :https://www.facebook.com/sunnysenseband/?fref=ts

 

Live Review: Baroness @ The Garage Glasgow

There are few modern bands out there that could survive what baroness have been through, after their bus crash in 2012 which very nearly cost the band their lives and losing their drummer and bassist due to the emotional trauma the two had suffered from the baronnesscrash itself. But from the ashes of this tragedy, the band has persevered to bring out their critically acclaimed latest album “Purple”. With “Purple” Baroness showed that as a band they weren’t ready to die yet. The album was energetic and full of life, had tender moments and choruses that begged to be sung along to.

With all this in mind, I was really excited to be seeing Baroness play material from”Purple” in a live environment. From the second that Baroness took the stage to the moment they left they managed to keep the same level of high energy and excitement going on for their whole set. With Frontman John Baizley conducting the audience in singalongs, and the whole band mesmerising the audience during instrumentals and the showmanship of the whole band who, where a lot of progressive acts can seem mechanical and distant felt very human and alive
. The audience response to the band was also with not a single song going without being sang along to and personally, I didn’t see one person in the crowd or band who wasn’t smiling the whole night.baroness

 

If Baroness are coming your way anytime soon on tour, I would most definitely recommend going to see them. you will not be disappointed.

8.5/10

Landscapes- Neighbourhood Track Review

 

So, a couple of days ago Landscapes dropped a new single, “Neighbourhood” (and the video to go with it) along with the exciting announcement of their next full-length release, “Modern Earth”, on the 8th of April through Pure Noise.

This single is a massive step, but not too drastic a change from their 2012 release “Life Gone Wrong”. Life Gone Wrong being one of my favourite records meant that this announcement was a long time coming, and from the sounds of Neighbourhood, Modern Earth will be exactly what 12735603_1007285759359194_2039882228_n.jpgwe’ve been waiting ever so patiently for.

Neighbourhood has the same atmospheric vibe that Landscapes do so well, but introduces ways in which Landscapes have evolved over the 4 years since Life Gone Wrong. The vocals push not only the boundaries of standard vocals displayed in hardcore and punk genres but also the vocals displayed on Life Gone Wrong, as they are not simply screamed at us, but sung almost beautifully at times and evoke strong emotions of great sadness and make you want to scream at the world, which perfectly portrays and mirrors the lyrics within the song. Instrumentally, the song takes us on a journey, sometimes carrying us gently and sometimes dropping us flat down and crushing us (and I mean that positively) through the pounding drums and the crushing chords from the guitar.

Neighbourhood is a strong single and gives me great hope for Modern Earth and the future of this band.

Review by James Podmore

Check out the song and video here:

 

Hi There

This is the first post on the Overdriver blog and we’re really excited to get started and start making content for you guys. In the coming weeks we’ll be uploading music reviews, interviews with artists, a rant or two  as well as have a weekly podcast for you to listen to.

I hope a lot of you guys join us on this journey into music and give us lots of feedback along the way.

Peace out.

-Lem